City Living Splits Up Blackbirds

Allison Guy
December 11th 2011

Some blackbirds have found city living so much fun (the theater scene! the restaurants!) that they have given up migrating south for the winter. Cities are usually warmer than the surrounding country, with lots of discarded food for the birds to scavenge. If the non-migratory birds start breeding sooner, the two populations may eventually split into different species. Even if we can't predict what fully urban blackbirds will look like, we do know that they will likely be smarter than their country counterparts.

Photo via TarikB

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Stefan Fincken
Posted 11/12/2011 – 16:44

They might adapt to the use of vending machine's like these crows in this TEDtalk by Joshua Klein:

Should men be able to give birth to children?

Joyce Nabuurs: To me this question seems to be a logical next step in the emancipation movement of the past century. More and more women entered the workspace, but the responsibility for pregnancy and childrearing remained female.

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